Browns schedule 2018: Cleveland’s priority is first win after 0-16 season

The Browns’ 2018 schedule features another uneasy path for a franchise coming off an 0-16 season that set a rebuild in motion with new GM John Dorsey in the offseason.

Hue Jackson is back, and the coach will have to show some progress after compiling a 1-31 record over the last two seasons. The goal should be simple against the usual AFC North rivals and cross-over games against the NFC South and AFC West: Win one game and go from there.

Westbrook hasn’t looked himself, and he played with black kinetic tape all over his upper body. Billy Donovan says he’s fine — or at least he hasn’t been told of any injury — and Westbrook has fully participated in practices and shoot-arounds. But he struggled shooting again, hitting 6-of-17 from the floor for 20 points, plus 10 rebounds and 3 assists. George finished with 32 on 9-of-21, but with Anthony hitting just 5-of-18, including 0-of-6 from 3, and with the Thunder unable to produce consistent stops, that wasn’t cutting it. It isn’t a coincidence that Westbrook finished with three assists and didn’t have any in the first quarter.

“I think he’s feeling more like himself today,” Maddon said.

Bryant was hit by a pitch for the seventh time this season when German Marquez’s 96 mph fastball struck the underside flap of his helmet at Denver on Sunday. Last year, the slugger was hit by a pitch 15 times. Bryant was plunked 18 times in 2016, when he was voted National League MVP.

“Probably the word on the street is to pitch him inside,” Maddon said. “I’m not accusing anybody of throwing at us. I don’t think there’s anything sinister to this point.”

On sitting in with exit interviews with players: “Until you said it, I didn’t know that there was backlash.

“It felt like the right decision. And right now, this organization desperately needs a new attitude and a new way of doing things. I can’t know what that should be if I don’t understand what the players think, the coaches think, the scouts think, the fans think. This isn’t that hard. I have to acquire the information. It’s not my ideal use of my time to spend two days in meetings. If I thought that wasn’t of value, I wouldn’t do it.”

On fan support: “In a nontraditional market, you don’t necessarily have the luxury of having as much support as you’d like through the good and bad times. So that’s the main thing: [Fans] want to support the team, but they need a reason.”steelers_056

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Mariota said that breaking such a habit is a difficult proposition.

Absolutely, he said. That’s something that I’ve been doing since I was a kid. But at the same time if I can find any way to make me better I’m going to do it and do it to the best of my ability.
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Head coach Pete Carroll responded to comments made by Sherman and Bennett indicating that Carroll’s message had gotten stale over the years and they had tuned him out during meetings.

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It’s a tossup right now, he said. I have no clue to be honest with you. Anybody could snag me at this point. That’s the neat part of it. You could pretty much end up anywhere in the U.S. It’s pretty cool.

That former employee has such an NDA, but said she wrote her piece because Richardson has broken the agreement by speaking to other owners about what happened. Texans owner Bob McNair said at last month’s league meetings that Richardson was very candid in what he said and what he did and that he felt some of what Richardson said has been misunderstood.
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I didn’t know what to do when you summoned me to your personal office, instructed me to sit in the chair across from you, pulled my chair towards you so you could sandwich my legs, which you proceeded to rub, between yours.

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Colin Kaepernick Jersey sits in as Roger Goodell deposed in collusion case

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was deposed Tuesday in New York in connection with Colin Kaepernick’s collusion complaint and the former 49ers quarterback sat through the morning-long process, the Washington Post reported.
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I’m doing great, Kaepernick said as he arrived at NFL headquarters with attorneys Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas (via TMZ). I love y’all and we gonna keep going!

Chacin tossed six shutout innings in beating the Marlins last week, and he was nearly as dominant Wednesday night. He held the Royals hitless until Moustakas went deep with two out in the fourth, got the next out and then left a pair of runners aboard in the fifth inning.

The Royals scratched out another run on Salvador Perez’s fielder’s choice before Brewers manager Craig Counsell lifted Chacin after 64 pitches. Dan Jennings got the final out of the sixth.

Hammel allowed five hits and a pair of walks over 6 2/3 innings. Eric Stout finished the seventh, then coughed up two runs in the eighth to cap his major league debut.

I felt like we made good pitches all night. Just didn’t get the breaks, Hammel said. That (fourth) inning easily could have been one run instead of four.

Wanted to clear something up from today’s press on me & ESPN. Truth is I had a good meeting about possibly joining the Daimion Stafford Jersey MNF crew. I was intrigued when they called yet not sure I want to pursue a broadcasting career right now. I wish them the best of luck and a great season. Brett

Robert Thomas Authentic Jersey The Daily News’ report also said ESPN is looking at names like Booger McFarland and Rex Ryan for the analyst role alongside Tessitore. Peyton Manning also was considered, but he reportedly turned down the job last month.

Joe Thomas also is in consideration since his retirement this past offseason, while Jason Witten’s and Greg Olsen’s names are also floating around, even though they are both under contract to play football in 2018.

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Derrius Guice among players still available after first round

Shaquem Griffin probably wasn’t expecting to go in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, but most of the other players who went unpicked while in attendance on Thursday night likely thought they’d be giving NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a hug.
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Running back Derrius Guice is part of that group. The LSU alum was left on the board after the Ravens selected Lamar Jackson to close out the first round.
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Three running backs 鈥?Saquon Barkley, Rashaad Penny and Sony Michel 鈥?did get drafted in the first 32 picks. Lanny McDonald Youth jersey Guice will be available when the second round gets underway on Friday night instead and any teams interested in getting him will have all day to offer trades to the Browns for that pick if they are so inclined.

Cornerback Josh Jackson and tackle Connor Williams joined Guice and Griffin in Dallas on Thursday and join them in remaining available for selection in the second round.

That was the coolest thing for me on the visits was being able to see the players, how they interact, and leaving knowing I’m going to fit right in, Darnold said.

Darnold has trained with former Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, who has advised him about what his future will be like.

Be yourself, just know you’re the face of the franchise, Darnold said Sanchez told him.

Last month, Ross told reporters that his players will be standing for the anthem in 2018, primarily because Ross believes that kneeling is bad for business. It instantly became obvious that Ross had won himself a ticket to the festivities. Later efforts to take back the things he’d said about players standing or kneeling didn’t save him from being required to make a commitment to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, and then to embark on facing question after question aimed at proving that the NFL collectively decided, in coordinated fashion, that players at the forefront of the anthem protests are as bad for business as the protests themselves.

Rosen would be able to team with former UCLA running back Paul Perkins and offensive lineman Damien Mama, his high school teammate, with the Giants, and also knows the Jets’ Williams well.

Allen developed an immediate bond with new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, describing him as a great dude, and said new Giants coach Pat Shurmur and offensive coordinator Mike Shula are fantastic people who have a firm grasp of what’s going on.

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Jets pick up Leonard Williams’ fifth-year option

“The bottom line is: Is the guy a football player?” said Giants general manager Dave Gettleman, who took McCaffrey when he was with the Panthers. “This whole myth of devaluing running backs, I find it kind of comical. At the end of the day, if he’s a great player he’s a great player. It doesn’t matter what position it is.”

The new philosophy seems to be that maybe one or two backs are worth taking early, but you can still find value at the position in the middle rounds. Are Fournette or McCaffrey any better than the Saints’ Alvin Kamara (Rookie of the Year) or the Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt (the league’s leading rusher), who were both selected in the third round last year?

“If they’re rated high, they’re going to go high,” ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. said. “They’re not getting forced up. These guys were all highly rated players coming out, so they weren’t any surprises. The surprises were the third-round picks of Kareem Hunt and Alvin Kamara based on where they went. They played like top-10 guys. So, that’s why I always say: Running backs you can find.”

In 2009, Huizenga said he regretted ordering the Marlins’ payroll purge.

“We lost $34 million the year we won the World Series, and I just said, ‘You know what, I’m not going to do that,’” Huizenga recalled. “If I had it to do over again, I’d say, ‘OK, we’ll go one more year.’”

He sold the Marlins in 1999 to John Henry, and sold the Panthers in 2001, unhappy with rising NHL player salaries and the stock price for the team’s public company.

Huizenga’s first sports love was the Dolphins — he had been a season-ticket holder since their inaugural season in 1966. But he fared better in the NFL as a businessman than as a sports fan.seahawks_183

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NFL hit with age discrimination lawsuit by former security personnel

The NFL has been sued by former security representatives of the league who claim they were dismissed because of their ages.
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The lawsuit, which was first detailed by The Blast, claims that nine former security officers were let go by the league after Cathy Lanier took over as the league’s new security chief. All nine plaintiffs were dismissed on July 20, 2017.
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The allegations in this case have no merit, a league spokesman said. The challenged decisions were the result of a wide and objective selection process led by Cathy Lanier. Ms. Lanier is a highly respected NFL executive and former Washington D.C. Evan Longoria Youth jersey police chief with demonstrated impeccable integrity and judgment. We will vigorously defend these claims.

The lawsuit seeks damages of at least $10 million.

Each team has the ability to bring in 30 players for visits, though not every team uses the full allotment. And since each team has, on average, seven draft picks, it’s easy to see that most of the visits are for vain or largely for the purposes of establishing a smokescreen.

The passing-and-pushing offense that got the Sixers to the No. 3 seed in the East failed them for the first time since early March.

But there was life left in the fourth.

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Wade contributed with baskets, assists and free throws over the final 4 minutes to close out the win.

We played Game 1 like a regular-season game and tonight was a playoff game, Wade said.

Simmons, who had a triple-double in the opener, led the Sixers with 24 points and Saric had 23.

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Baker Mayfield’s last-minute visits include Broncos, Cardinals

There are plenty of people who think Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will be a top three pick, but he’s taking a few visits this week with teams picking lower.
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According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Mayfield is visiting the Broncos today, and will go from Denver to Arizona to meet with the Cardinals.

The Broncos, picking fifth, have some options at quarterback since they signed Case Keenum in free agency and have a former first-rounder in Paxton Lynch they might not want to Hackenberg yet.
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I play the game for these moments, Wade said.

After a Game 1 victory where they couldn’t miss, the Sixers couldn’t make a big bucket in the first half. The Sixers made a team playoff-record 18 3s in Game 1 and missed a whopping 16 of 18 3s in the first half.

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The Rams signed Ficken after All-Pro kicker Greg Zuerlein was injured in Week 15. Ficken made four PATs and two field goals in the regular season and added an extra point and two field goals in the postseason.

Nationals: 3B Anthony Rendon (bruised left big toe) is slowly progressing after fouling a ball off his foot Friday, Martinez said.

Mets: OFs Jay Bruce (plantar fasciitis) returned to the lineup after missing two starts. … LHP Jason Vargas (broken bone, glove hand) threw six hitless innings and struck out 12 in an intrasquad game, pitching from behind a screen in a controlled setting. He’ll next pitch in a minor league game in five days.

Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (1-1, 3.50 ERA) starts as the Nats go for a sweep Wednesday. He got a no-decision vs. the Mets this month, giving up five runs in five innings and fanning nine.

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Golden Knights first NHL franchise to sweep playoff series in inaugural season

One year ago, the Vegas Golden Knights had no players on their roster, and Gerard Gallant was four days into his new job as the first head coach of the expansion team.
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On Tuesday, Vegas became the first franchise in NHL history to sweep a postseason series in its inaugural season when it defeated the Los Angeles Kings 1-0.

You guys remind us or tell us about those records, but it’s not something that we talk about or shoot for, Fleury said. All season long, I didn’t know any records about expansion teams. We just do what a regular team would. We just play the game and try to win. That’s it.

Few expected much from Vegas coming into this season. Many had the Golden Knights pegged as the worst team in the league following the expansion draft that netted them the likes of Fleury, James Neal, Jonathan Marchessault, Deryk Engelland, David Perron, William Karlsson, Nate Schmidt, Erik Haula, Cody Eakin, William Carrier and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.

The star and the face of the franchise was always going to be Fleury, but no one thought he would become the catalyst for another Glenn Robinson Authentic Jersey Stanley Cup contender so soon in the process.

It means a ton, a win like this after playing for that long, Eller said. I’m sure they feel a lot more tired in that room than we are feeling right now. It gives you a lot of energy. It’s going to be a battle again in Game 4.

Tom Wilson and John Carlson also scored, and Braden Holtby stopped 33 shots for the Capitals, who were in danger of falling into a nearly insurmountable hole had they let the game slip away.
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We got some good fortune, but we also executed and we were committed today, Capitals coach Barry Trotz said.

Game 4 is Thursday night back here with Game 5 set for Washington on Saturday.

We got a break, it’s what we needed, Capitals forward John Connolly said. You need breaks, every team is so good now, you need to keep pressing and pressing.

Pierre-Luc Dubois and Artemi Panarin scored for Columbus, and Bobrovsky finished with 42 saves after getting 54 in the Game 2 on Sunday.

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Jim Mora’s sideline commentary isn’t doing much to improve quarterback Josh Rosen’s draft stock.

After telling NFL Network he’d select USC’s Sam Darnold over his former player last week, the ex-UCLA coach, who was let go from the team last season, attempted to clarify his remarks with the MMQB, only to possibly make a bigger mess over Rosen’s football commitment in the process.

“He needs to be challenged intellectually so he doesn’t get bored. He’s a millennial. He wants to know why. Millennials, once they know why, they’re good,” Mora said. “Josh has a lot of interests in life. If you can hold his concentration level and focus only on football for a few years, he will set the world on fire. He has so much ability, and he’s a really good kid.”

With less than a month to go until draft day, Mora also noted he has yet to receive a call from one of the NFL’s 32 general managers to pick his brain about Rosen.

“None of them have called, which is interesting,” Mora said.

The Giants and Jets hold the second and third picks, respectively, and are both expected to be locked into the quarterbacks race, which also includes Wyoming’s Josh Allen, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson. Should either pull the trigger on Rosen, Mora doubled down on the intensity of the player they’d be receiving.

“One thing I do want teams to know,” Mora noted. “It’s desperately important for Josh to be a great player.”

Following Mora’s interview with MMQB — and other outlets publicizing the comments — Rosen chimed in Monday afternoon with a simple, “Why?”

The Jets let Austin Seferian-Jenkins walk in free agency.

They say they like Jordan Leggett, a fifth-round pick from a year ago, who missed his rookie season with a knee injury. Still, I think they could take a tight end in the middle rounds. Penn State’s Mike Gesicki is an athletic pass catcher who could be tempting if he lasts until the third round.

With all of that change, several teams tumbled. All three of the preseason favorites in the National League divisions — the Nationals, Cubs and Dodgers — dropped in the rankings thanks to middling starts. The Nats fell furthest, with a five-spot decline, the Cubs lost three, and the Dodgers fell from the top 10 with their own three-spot drop. The Yankees fell four slots, but the Rangers — already struggling with injuries — suffered the largest decline in the American League by falling five places and into baseball’s bottom five.jets_065

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Broncos’ Von Miller defends shark hunting trip, says he followed rules

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The Denver Broncos star said he’s an avid hunter and fisherman who always follows the rules.

I was shocked to catch a hammerhead shark in the first place, Miller said Tuesday in his first public comments about the excursion. Miller later released his catch back into the water.

I went fishing. Everybody knows that I hunt and fish. It’s what I do. But I also believe in conservation. I’m not just out there going crazy, Miller said on the second day of the Broncos’ offseason program. We followed the rules. I did everything I was supposed to do.

Maccagnan has shown an affinity for players from big schools. Only four players came from outside of the Power 5 conferences, all taken in the fifth round or later.

As for how Maccagnan’s picks have worked out, 21 of the 22 picks remain on the roster. That can be viewed as him hitting on picks or as him Mike Hilton Jersey being stubborn about moving on from them. Seven of the picks have become regular starters with three or four others developing into role players with the team.

In a way, that’s understandable, given that both major parties nominated candidates who had long histories of ethically, morally, and legally problematic behavior. But in deciding whether to prosecute Hillary Clinton, Comey was mostly pondering polls and public perceptions. Which is what happens when multiple institutions place political ambition over principle, when negative polarization trumps truth and justice.

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch has been performing handsprings and cartwheels to try and delay or overturn the scheduled parole of Black Liberation Army cop-killer Herman Bell, reports Len Levitt at amNY. He’s railed against the Parole Board and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Yet, notes Levitt, there is one person Lynch has avoided criticizing: Gov. Cuomo, who not only appointed the current board, but also reversed the board’s priorities when deciding parole to de-emphasize the circumstances of the crime. Cuomo’s said he opposes Bell’s parole, but his statement pales in comparison to that of Mayor de Blasio, with whom Lynch has feuded for years. Lynch has even remained silent about Cuomo’s refusal to meet with Diane Piagentini, widow of one of Bell’s victims.
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